I claim the privilege of calling myself a "Christian", a rather poor/bad
Christian in too many regards, but a Christian nonetheless.Webster
defines "Christian" as "one who professes belief in the teachings of
Jesus Christ" or a "disciple" of Jesus Christ. I
profess a belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ. I also try--however often I
fail--to follow those teachings. I also bear testimony that Jesus of Nazareth
is the Messiah, the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of the living God. He was
born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a perfect, spotless life. He atoned for my
sins. He was Crucified to death and then he was Resurrected. Because of Him,
His life mission, death, and resurrection, I too will live after I die. I also
have the opportunity to repent and be a better person.With good
reason did C.S. Lewis entitle his seminal masterpiece "Mere
Christianity". Strip away all denominational differences in rites and modes
of worship and you get to the core of Christianity.I claim that. I
afford all others the same privilege, regardless of differences in peripheral
doctrines or practices.
@MaxPower Mormons want to be regarded as Christians because Mormons believe that
Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God and the Savior and Redeemer of the world,
and because they seek to pattern their lives after His example and teachings.
The common insistence of some that Mormons are "not Christian" leads to
the belief among the uninformed that Mormons don't believe those things or
seek to live that way. Jesus asked His disciples to confess him before the world
(Matt. 10:32). Seeking to clarify this misconception is one of the ways Mormons
attempt to follow this admonition.
"Why do Mormons insist on being called Christians?"Ask a Graham or
a Falwell. It's the religion of American political opportunism, and money
and power are their addictive goals. They'll stand beside trump to
get what they want, and sell out their beliefs in the process.
Why do Mormons insist on being called Christians?Wasn't Joseph
Smith told that they were all abominations? Why do we seek to identify
ourselves with them?Does this perception, or label alter our
beliefs? Are so desperate for outside approval?